Thursday, May 09, 2013

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

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When a friend asks "what should I bring" - if it's easy enough, just buying the ingredients can make for a great social experience. A while ago a friend brought over Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus which became a hit for my dinner party guests. On another occasion I bought some low sodium bacon and created the essence of the same plate. As before, everyone loved it. Bacon-wrapped Asparagus can be a quickly made and quickly eaten appetizer that seems consistently favored to that otherwise lonely asparagus spear. Pair the two side-by-side, and you can see why: I'm already splurging with this mound of food, and this is both a veggie and a protein, so what's the harm? Whatever the choice justifying words are, invite a friend over, make a batch, test it out, and enjoy!!

Ingredients
Servings: 24 spears
Prep Time: ~5-10 min

24 Asparagus Spears, uncooked
24 Slices of Bacon, uncooked
Crushed Red Pepper, as desired

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wrap each spear of asparagus with one slice of bacon and arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees until bacon is fully cooked (cooked to barely crispy or full-on crunch). Remove from heat and roll onto a paper town to drain excess fat. Arrange on a serving dish, sprinkle with some chili pepper, and enjoy!

Nutritional Info (1 spear):
Calories 47, Total Fat: 3.4g, Sat. Fat: 1.1g, Cholesterol: 8.8mg, Sodium: 186.9mg, Carb: 0.7g, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugars: 0.2g, Protein: 3.3g

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